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Another way of asking about your driving forces is asking you what motivates you. Motivation comes from within and that means that you cannot motivate another person, but it certainly would be good to know what motivates that person. Knowing that you can create a spark to ignite their inner fire. That inner fire will drive motivation.

That inner fire or passion is your WHY and this comes from the driving forces that motivate you. If you do not have the WHY then the HOW will not matter. Knowing what motivates you is a key to achievement and knowing how to find motivation in others is a key to leadership. Dwight Eisenhower said that leadership is getting others to do what you want because THEY want to do it. Reach down and find that motivation and bring it to the surface.

What is your passion? Do you know. You could take an assessment, but you might start by doing a dream inventory. List every dream you have. Which ones are most important? Why? What will they do for you? How badly do you want these and why?

With dreams in mind do you have that burning want or need and are you emotionally attached to a goal to achieve it or is it something that would just be nice to have. Many people want something but then their subconscious says, “Yeah right that will never happen.” So, they reason, “I will try but I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment if I fail.”   They have created the out. But wait, what are the consequences if you fail? They could be major.

Your desire for gain is only one side of the goal achievement process. Think about a time when you did something to avoid a loss. The threat of loss is, many times, a more powerful motivator than the opportunity for gain. If you have a strong passion for achievement of your goal AND failure is not an option, you are motivated to achieve.   So, find your passion and follow your dream and you know WHY.

THE HOW... consider all possible obstacles and for every obstacle consider all possible solutions. What is the greatest obstacle? In other words, what obstacle if eliminated would greatly facilitate the achievement of your goal? Now, go ahead and set up an action plan to remove the obstacle and achieve.

This is not going to be easy. It will require changing habits and they are never easy to change. A habit keeps us in a comfort zone. We must have a greater reward to establish a new habit. That reward will help us to replace the old habit with a new one which will yield a new and greater reward. If you are passionate about what you are doing, follow these steps. You will see a difference.

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This same process can be used to help others find their motivation and lead them to achievement of goals. Help them find their why, and their benefits and consequences. This will help them find their motivation to achieve their goals. Funny how motivation and goals work.  For a similar blog on our website see WHAT ARE YOUR DRIVING FORCES?

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Comments (19)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's a really pinpointed question to ask people to get to know them. How the answer is really going to tell you a lot.

Jul 25, 2021 10:45 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Grant.

I know my driving force, it stll burns deep within me.  

Jul 26, 2021 12:31 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Laura - whatever the answer it is important that people know.

James - I hope it is what you are doing then.

Jul 26, 2021 04:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Grant - as you might imagine, I like subjects where self-talk(and self-questioning) are a part of the bigger conversation so that I can learn more.  In a word I associate with Kathy Streib: you keep our dendrites in good working order. 

Jul 26, 2021 04:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Excellent post and thoughts, Grant. It reminded me of Eleanor Roosevelt saying that every day we need to do something that scares us. (Although, I must admit, as I get older fewer things scare me.)

Jul 26, 2021 04:37 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

One of the top skills that a leader can have is the ability to know what motivates those they are leading.

Jul 26, 2021 04:47 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

If you know your passion, then go for it. What motivates one, does not motivate all. The true power is to not let it pass you by...

Jul 26, 2021 05:02 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Michael - that is exactly what this is about.

Nina - true with me too.  Not as many things scare me as when I was younger.

Brian - yes, that is spot on!

Larry and Sheila - that is why you must be your own person and not follow lead from others.

Jul 26, 2021 05:09 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Grant. If you are passionate about the "why" it is easier to initiate the "how"! Enjoy your day,

Jul 26, 2021 05:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Grant, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Jul 26, 2021 06:44 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have always loved the Eisenhower quote.  Knowing yourself and what makes your heart sing has always been our driving force.  Thank you for another great post.  Happy Monday.  A

Jul 26, 2021 07:02 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, knowing what goals your agent has, sure helps with the motivation! 

Jul 26, 2021 07:27 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I like that tone of thought and I usually have to sort between passion and genius Grant Schneider 

Jul 26, 2021 09:56 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there Grant Schneider we do seem to be on similar tracks today

Jul 26, 2021 10:17 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Grant- your post reminded me of the office I managed years ago. There were a dozen consultants and they all were motivated by different things. 

Jul 26, 2021 11:50 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant I don't think I really want to share my dreams ....... LOL

Jul 26, 2021 03:52 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Wayne - yes, it is always much easiler once you have WHY.

Roy - thank you.

Ron and Alexandra - thanks.  I love the quote.

Joan - yes that is absolutely true

Paul - it is a good position to be in.

Rocky - yes we are.

Kathy - indeed.  Everyone has a different WHY.

George - ok, enough said, ha ha.

Jul 27, 2021 05:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Grant.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 27, 2021 05:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, when I went on my listing last week, she told me she could tell I still love what I do.   Have another listing today, so hope he can see it too! 

Jul 29, 2021 06:44 AM